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Nella più triste delle città, così triste da aver persino dimenticato il proprio nome, vivono il cantastorie Rashid Khalifa, lo Scià del Bla-bla, e suo figlio Harun. Rashid è dotato del magico dono di saper raccontare, incantando con la sua voce chi lo ascolta. Non appena schiude le labbra, ne sgorgano saghe piene d'amore e di magia, con eroi, battaglie, principesse. FinchNella più triste delle città, così triste da aver persino dimenticato il proprio nome, vivono il cantastorie Rashid Khalifa, lo Scià del Bla-bla, e suo figlio Harun. Rashid è dotato del magico dono di saper raccontare, incantando con la sua voce chi lo ascolta. Non appena schiude le labbra, ne sgorgano saghe piene d'amore e di magia, con eroi, battaglie, principesse. Finché un giorno dalla bocca dello Scià del Bla-bla non esce che un orribile verso. Cos'è successo? Da qualche parte, in qualche modo, la sorgente di tutte le storie è stata contaminata: il Principe del Silenzio è riuscito a inquinare il Mar delle Storie. Harun decide allora di salvare il padre facendogli ritrovare il suo potere; e per farlo parte con lui per un viaggio pieno di pericoli....

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  • Cecily
    2018-08-15 07:40

    "What's the use of stories that aren't even true?"I'm not quite sure why I picked this up (it's a children's book, and my "child" was 21 last week - perhaps I'm hankering for times past), but I'm glad I did. It has the powerful mythical feel of traditional fairy tales, with plenty of nods to classics, and a political undercurrent that tells of the time he wrote it.It would be perfect to read to a child of around 7 to 10, over a couple of weeks (twelve equal chapters), but as a solo adult, I enjoyed the wistfulness of a childish read, coupled with something much more profound. Before you startI vaguely knew this was dedicated to his son, but didn't notice the actual dedication or consider the timeline. However, I wasn't far into the book before I felt compelled to check. It was published the year after the fatwa that sent Rushdie into hiding (though he'd long since split from his wife). His son, Zafar, was 10 or 11. In that context, the dedication is heartbreaking:Zembla, Zenda, Xanadu:All our dream-worlds may come true.Fairy lands are fearsome too.As I wander far from viewRead, and bring me home to you.I also wish I'd noticed the pages at the back that explain the names of many of the characters, most of which are derived from Hindustani [sic].StoryThe key message is the power and importance of stories, even if, or particularly because, they are not true. (You see the link to the fatwa?) Haroun is the son of a great storyteller who loses the power of storytelling. The story is a quest to turn on the storywater tap. It is set in an "other" world, with a child as the hero. If this were an adult novel, it would be classed as magic realism. It has an old-fashioned and Indian feel, but also features robotic birds and passing mention of aliens, UFOs and moons. I won't summarise the plot, but it has all the elements you want and expect from a book like this: fantastical creatures; enigmatic lyrical characters juxtaposed with logical prosaic ones; dashes of humour; a maze of corridors; mistaken identity; occasional puns and Malapropisms (pussy-collar-jee = psychology); love; betrayal; impossible dilemma; princess rescue; disorientation; lucid dreaming?; a battle; time dilation; derring-do; funny names; telepathy; wishes; a baddie who explains his plan to the captured hero; magic; a gadget (complete with arbitrary timeout).Free speech - Je suis HarounThis is about the fun of stories and the importance of believing even what you can't see, but it's not just about that. There is a clear message about the right to speak. The arch-enemy of all stories is also the arch-enemy of language itself - to the extent his followers have their lips stitched up. What could be a more powerful symbol of censorship that the "Sign of the Zipped Lips"?"Is not the Power of Speech the greatest Power of all? Then surely it must be exercised to the full?" Not forgetting this is a children's book, the example is a general who accepts insults and insubordination. The risk to those in power is that "inside every single story... there lies a world... that I cannot Rule."But the importance of free speech doesn't mean one should always speak, unthinkingly. Haroun realises that "Silence has its own grace and beauty (just as speech can be graceless and ugly)... Actions could be as noble as words." As in so many things, we need discernment. One of the problems Haroun encounters is the deliberate poisoning of the storywaters by dark forces. You can put an ecological spin on that, but it's not the main message.Even a non-baddie has had some stories changed to make him the hero. Who owns our heritage? Can we rewrite it?"The magic of the story can restore spirits."Note: Although this was written in the aftermath of the fatwa, it's an issue Rushdie covered (less obviously) in his earlier novel Midnight's Children.Literary linksThese ones I spotted (there may well be others). It's only now I collate them that I realise quite how many I found; I may be guilty of over-analysing:• Douglas Adams People always trust Rashid the storyteller "because he always admitted that everything he told them was completely untrue". Unlike the politicians who want him to speak at their rallies. This logical inversion is slightly like Wonko the Sane from So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. There is also P2C2E - a Process Too Complicated To Explain, which summoned H2G2 to mind.• Graham Green On discovering his mother had left, Haroun's reaction was the rather tangential destruction of his clock. I was reminded of a short story called "A Shocking Accident" in which a boy, on learning his father was killed by a falling pig, asks what happened to the pig. • The Beatles There are eggheads and a character called Walrus, but I didn't spot the carpenter.• Tolkien The Floating Gardeners look rather like amphibious ents.• Kafka The Plentimaw Fishes are described as Hunger Artists (they swallow stories and then "create new stories in their digestive systems"). See A Hunger Artist. The Shadow Warrior's first, spluttered utterances are "Googogol" and "Kafkafka".• Gogol I've not read Gogol, but he gets a mention alongside Kafka (above).• Shakespeare A boy page is actually a girl in disguise.• Lewis Carroll The pages dressed like pages (rather than playing cards) and associated trumpets brought Wonderland to mind, as did the logical illogicality of organisations. One character asks Haroun "Why make a fuss about this particular impossible thing?" The Red Queen famously "believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast".• Jonathan Swift The antagonism between the Guppees and Chupwalas has echoes of that between the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos.• Mary Tourtel et al The Plentimaw Fishes talk in rhyming couplets, like the captions underneath each picture in Rupert Bear stories. • Philip Pullman In the dark world, shadows can be separated from their owners - rather like Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon.• Monty Python or JM Barrie A knight fighting his own shadow made me think of the dark knight in The Holy Grail, but given that he's not fighting his shadow, I suppose Peter Pan is the more obvious connection. • One Thousand and One Nights There's a houseboat called Arabian Nights Plus One. • Aladdin The Water Genie has a magic wrench, which Haroun takes, so the genie follows him round, helping him out, trying to get it back. • Joseph Conrad The evil one "sits at the heart of darkness". (I might be trying too hard with that one; it's a common enough phrase.)• The Duchess of York (aka Sarah Ferguson)! Pollution of the storywaters includes "an outbreak of talking helicopter anecdotes" and Budgie the Little Helicopter was published the year before this. Quotes• The sad city, that had forgotten its name "stood by a mournful sea full of glumfish, which were so miserable to eat that they made people belch with melancholy even though the skies were blue."• The Ocean of the Streams of Story: "because the stories were held here in fluid form, they retained the ability to change, to become new versions of themselves, to join up with other stories; so that unlike a library of books... [it] was not dead but alive."• The Floating Gardeners do "maintenance... Untwisting twisted story streams. Also unlooping same. Weeding." They're also like hairdressers, because the longer stories are, the more likely they are to be tangled.• "Pouring out of the portholes came darkness... [they] had invented artificial darkness." Shades(?) of the satrical Dark Sucker Theory: https://astro.uni-bonn.de/~dfischer/d...

  • Elyse
    2018-08-07 02:17

    "What's the use of stories that aren't even true"?This is a classified as a children's book...perfect to read to an 8-10 year old. Yet..now that I've read it ..( chucking..,smiling...moved...and enriched)...I can't wait 'to play' now with this novel. It's to be read over and over. Storytelling with your friends. Want to lie back and be read to by a close friend while sitting under a tree? Or ..are you the 'ham' who loves to read to an active listener? This book is filled with imagination--so why not use a little of our own with it? Rushdie wrote this book in dedication to his son, Zafar. Rushdie went into in hiding when in 1989, "The Satanic Verses" was released. Riots broke out in several countriesand Rushdie was sentenced to death by Ayatollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of theIslamic Republic of Iran. He called upon Muslims to carry out his sentence. Later hedefended himself against the fatwa, a plea for freedom, thought and speech ... and expressing the value of imagination in literature. This was the first novel ...'To Zafar'...that Rushdie wrote after "The Satanic Verses". This story is about a celebrated storyteller, ( The Shah oh Blah"), who loses his talent for improvising stories when his wife leaves him. His son, Haroun, is unwillingly pulled into theadventure involving an arduous journey to the sea of stories to vanquish a powerful enemies and reclaim his father's gift of gab. Silence is the force of evil in this story. ( the squashing of language, fantasy, satire, even the truth itself). There are allegories and light-hearted commentary woven into the tapestry. There are people we must defend on principles such as freedom of expression. The story is full of reflections about the importance and fantasy, myth, nature, and storytelling. There's a treat for those who recognize the meaning of Indian words which are also given to most of the characters, and who know about the role of gestures, ( Mudra), made oftenby green- painted performers in Indian Kathakali dancing. Enchanting, profound, delightfully whimsical, and highly recommended for all ages!!!!

  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    2018-08-10 07:39

    ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 233 صفحه تشکیل شده است و <سلمان رشدی> همچون داستان "آیات شیطانی" در این داستان نیز منظورش را در قالب داستانی خیالی بیان نموده است و شما میتوانید هر شخصیتِ تاریخی و مذهبی را که در ذهن دارید به جایِ عناصر داستان بنشانید‎داستان در موردِ پسری به نامِ <هارون> میباشد که در کشورِ "الفبا" زندگی میکند و پدرش <رشید خلیفه> مشهورترین داستان سرا و افسانه سراست که به دو لقب مشهور است: یکی سلطان وراجی و دیگری دریایِ اندیشه‎آنها در شهرِ "داستان" زندگی میکردند و مردم آنقدر غم و اندوه داشتند که نامِ شهر را فراموش کرده بودند و البته شما تا پایان داستان نمیدانید که نامِ شهرِ غم زده ، "داستان" یا همان به زبان هندی "کاهانی" میباشد‎همسر <رشید خلیفه> و مادرِ <هارون> زنی آواز خوان به نامِ <ثریا> است که از آنجایی که شوهرش غرق در داستان سرایست، خانه و زندگی را ترک کرده و به همراه مردی به نامِ "سنگوپتا" فرار میکند و از آنجایی که در ساعت یازده فرار کرده، پدر تمام ساعت ها را در ساعت یازده خورد میکند و همین موضوع سبب میشود تا <هارون> هر یازده دقیقه یکبار افکارش به هم بریزد و البته خودِ <رشید خلیفه> نیز دیگر بیشتر از یازده دقیقه توان داستان سرایی را نداشته باشد‎داستان حولِ محورِ موجودی زورگو به نامِ <ختمشد> که حاکم سرزمینِ خاموشی یا همان "چوپ" است و مبارزهٔ او با <هارون>، میگردد‎این حاکم زورگو <ختمشد> رهبر آیینِ بی زبانی است و میخواهد تمام دنیا را وادار به پذیرفتنِ آیین و مذهبش کند‎که گمان میرود منظور همان <محمد بن عبدالله> پیامبرِ تازیان باشد‎در هر صورت <هارون> سفری عجیب و خیالی انجام داده و در داستان با موجوداتی عجیب و غریب نیز سر و کار دارد و هدهد نیز به او کمک میکند و مبارزه اش با <ختمشد> ادامه دار است و شاید چارهٔ دردهای <هارون> و خوشبختی اهالی شهرِ غم در دستانِ <شیر ماهی> باشد و او بتواند آرزوهایِ <هارون> را برآورده کند.... داستان و پایانِ آن را برایتان نمینویسم، شاید برخی از عزیزان قصدِ خواندنِ این کتاب را داشته باشند که صد البته من توصیه نمیکنم‎در زیر جملاتی از کتاب را که شاید تأثیر گذار باشند را به انتخاب برایتان مینویسم---------------------------------------------‎پایانهایِ خوش در داستانها و هچنین در زندگی بسیار نایاب تر از آن هستند که بیشترِ مردم فکر میکنند، میتوان گفت که آنها بیشتر استثنا هستند تا قاعده********************‎مردم باید وقتی خوشحال باشند که واقعاً چیزی برایِ خوشحالی وجود داشته باشد، نه اینکه کسی شادی مصنوعی را از آسمان رویِ سرشان بریزد----------------------------------------------‎امیدوارم این ریویو در جهتِ شناختِ این کتاب، کافی و مفید بوده باشه‎<پیروز باشید و ایرانی>

  • Zanna
    2018-07-18 06:34

    Hurrah for diverse books, before I say another word. I loved how this book drew on Pakistani/Muslim stories and imagery, and I enjoyed the company of its young protagonist. I'm sure younger readers will too. I was interested to see how Rushdie would adapt his style, and it seems he did so by indulging his taste for cliché and word play as much and as fantastically as possible. The magic in this fantasy yarn is all rooted in language; figures of speech come to life and behave unpredictably, metaphors become literal, and the whole lot gets an embroidery of tasty colloquialisms. I think that's why I found it a bit overcooked, a little bit too self conscious. Another reason it seems self conscious is perhaps its transparent agenda; it's a parable in defense of freedom of speech. The righteous army argue about their orders extensively. The General loves a good debate, he's delighted to listen to the discussion. Finally they all proceed with commitment. Ace! Orwell wrote about the same thing happening in real life in Homage to Catalonia - no discipline problems. As well as the right of citizens to dissent and challenge authority, Rushdie wants the rights of storytellers to tell it their way to be sacrosanct, severely rebuking attempts at political interference. And quite right too! But when the story is so openly didactic, the writer ought, I feel, to be careful about other things too. I've written about Rushdie's male-oriented but creative writing of gender before, but here it strikes me as simply sloppy. I waited over 100 pages for an interesting female character, and I liked her when she arrived, but she had heavy work against the sexism of her culture and even against her author to make up for the barely-written faithless wife, the damsel in distress used for light relief (although Haroun challenged it rather weakly and ambiguously - but what is with this purity-of-fairytales angle? Seriously needed work!) and the mockery of Princess Batcheet for her physical attributes.

  • Nicholas Karpuk
    2018-07-27 00:18

    "The Satanic Verses" bent my brain funny. I thought Rushdie had some good prose, the ideas were interesting, but the surrealism combined with moments of silliness made for an odd mix, and in the end I left satisfied but disoriented, like I'd eaten an exotic meal."Haroun and the Sea of Stories" was Rushdie's attempt to write a children's book for the son he was estranged from. There's a certain sadness to the tone of the book, wherein a storyteller loses his ability to do his job, and his son must travel through the world of stories to get it back.Much like Clive Barker, I consider Rushdie to be a good author who should stay far away from children's writing. It brings out the worst in him. While the writing itself is good, it's goofy in ways that most children would probably find annoying, and lacks the depth or bite to keep most adults involved. Everyone has silly names, most of them have silly descriptions, and over all the book just felt frivolous. Children's literature at its best can have real bite and emotional impact, but unfortunately Rushdie's effort feels like tourism to the genre. There's plenty to like about the author, I have "Midnight's Children" sitting on my to-do pile, but if anything else comes out from him with a children's book branding, I'm going to have to pass.

  • Mala
    2018-08-14 04:20

    Writers are not easy people to live with: Dickens, Henry Miller, Naipaul... the list is long. But when you read a book like Haroun and the Sea of Stories, you find yourself wishing there was a writer in the family! Imagine a book written exclusively for you, a poem dedicated to you- & centuries later people wondering 'Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets?', 'who was Lucy/Fanny Browne?' & so on!Rushdie had dedicated his 'Midnight's Children' to his first-born Zafar, & he wanted another book written for him as well! Just like that.A father's love for his son gave us this magical allegory: A little boy called Haroun, embarks upon an adventure of a lifetime so he could retrieve his storyteller father Rashid Khalifa 'The Shah of Blah's' inspiration as the latter lost it after a tragic personal setback. His adventure takes him to the earth's second moon called Kahani* (story), where he must meet The Walrus in the City of Gup (gossip) & request him not to disconnect his father's water supply from the Ocean of the Streams of Story. But the Gup City is facing imminent war from the City of Chup (silence), ruled by the ruthless Cultmaster Khattam-Shud (completely finished/ the end) under whose “Cult of Dumbness","the schools and law-courts and theatres are all closed now...because of the Silence Laws."How art imitates life! Upon this breezy, comic tale hangs the dark clouds of Rushdie's fatwa years when the writer was shifting from place to place under assumed identities, constantly under death threat for his earlier book 'Satanic Verses', indeed questioning himself "What's the use of stories that are not even true?"Isn't it a triumph of a writer's imagination & freedom of expression that from such a bleak phase emerged such a life-affirming, art-affirming work? And the fact that this heart-warming tale comes from the innocent perspective of a child who dares to say the emperor wears no clothes, makes it leave a lasting impression. I somehow kept thinking of the 'Bicycle Thieves': a father-son duo, desperately trying to salvage/cling to, some vestige of humanity that the cruel bleakness of a post-war world denies them. 'Haroun and the... ' doesn't have the neo-realism of Vittorio De Sica's  movie but don't let that magic realism fool you to the dark subtext.Rushdie thus, has managed, the contradictions very well.Doffing his hat at Arabian Nights, with a nod to The Wizard of Oz & a wink to Alice in Wonderland, Rushdie sprinkles his tale with magic dust, imbuing even a cynical adult like me with child-like wonder & joy :-)Happily recommended!* The names of most characters & places in this book are all based on a clever wordplay on 'speech' and 'silence', taken from Hindi & Urdu languages. A glossary at the end clears the concept for users of other languages but they'll still, somehow, miss the sheer fun of it.Here is a review that I loved:http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/04/18...

  • Ken
    2018-08-05 01:25

    there is something about a story written for an adult audience as myth or child's tale that i love. it seems to be more concise, concentrated, and make the simplicity of good vs. bad, and having a moral seem beautiful rather than simplistic. maybe that is because dualities were more pristine as a child. rushdie's earlier works never captured me; "midnite's children" seem windy and ornate with insufficient structure to hold up the explainations. "haroun" is still written with all the mastery that rushdie shows as a writer, but this compression as a children's tale turns coal into a diamond. also, in rushdie's post "haroun" work he seems to be working with a greater sense of direction and structure. a great example of this for me was "ground beneath her feet"; while once again wordy, in my opinion, "ground" hung together as great art. while not well read enough to consider myself a rushdie scholar, i suspect that "haroun" is the pivotal career changing work of one of our age's most notable writers. so beyond being a great book, i think that it is an important book. more importantly though, it's fucking fun.

  • Ananthu
    2018-07-24 08:45

    Salman Rushdie blew my mind with his magnum opus Midnight’s Children. I’ve been an ardent fan of him since I first read it last year. Then I read the allegedly blasphemous The Satanic Verses, which turned out to be quite a good book thought it was at first a tumultuous experience. I waited with bated breath for his memoir Joseph Anton, which I, unsurprisingly, devoured. And with Haroun, Rushdie has blown my mind again. Rushdie wrote Haroun for his son during the fatwa. It’s quite incredible that he pulled off such an exuberant, phantasmagoric and absolute delight of a book during a time of extreme tribulation. Superficially it’s a beautiful tale about the adventures of a boy named Haroun Khalifa, hailing from a ‘sad’ city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name. Deep down, it discusses matters of relevance such as the freedom of speech, the power of stories and the ones who tell them. The prose is lovely and lucid. What makes Haroun even more memorable is the deft wordplay. Not a single word feels forced; everything fits wonderfully. Ah, Rushdie, you are indeed a wordsmith!Sir Rushdie, you have survived the threats of the ruthless Khattam-Shud (read: Ayatollah Khomeini) and I hope you come up with more and more magnificent tales from the never-ending Sea of Stories.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-07-29 02:45

    Great kid's story - my son loved it. I thought that the language was clever and creative and enjoyed the pace. The characters were engaging, funny and a joy to follow. If you have a kid that is between 8 and 10 years old, they will love reading this book with you I am sure.

  • Michelle
    2018-08-06 04:37

    Charming, magical, hilarious. Haroun and the Sea of Stories feels like a fairy tale, moves like a fantasy adventure, and reads like literary fiction. It's absolutely appropriate and delightful for all ages. The prose is gorgeous.

  • AlegraMarcel
    2018-08-01 08:23

    This is a kids book that really is just for kids. I know the editors' reviews tell you that it will change your life, change the world, or something else great. But, trust me, it's just a cute story.Haroun's dad is a story teller. His life is happy until one day his mom leaves him and his dad and his dad can no longer tell stories. This puts the mat risk of losing everything because that's how they maek their money. They are invited to tell stories on behalf of politicians, and the night before Haroun's dad must tell the gretest story ever Haroun and his dad go on a magical journey (is it a dream?) to a magical land, where they save the sea of stories, the source of all the stories of the universe. It's not bad. It's just that it lacks some level of subtely and cohesiveness that good books have. Even good kids' books. And it also lacks that "page turner" element that makes up for a book not being that great, becuase it somehow grabs you. This book is easy, and it's very cute. It reminds me a great deal ofThe Phantom Tollbooth. THey both use puns and play on words, they both tell of magical journeys that change a young boy's life. But the jokes and play on words aren't all that funny (you have to know Hindi to get most of them), and get kind of old. You can finish it quickly, and you won't regret reading it. Still, you can probably find a book that you enjoy much more.

  • Ayse
    2018-07-28 04:29

    Salman Rushdie wrote this book for his son, when he wasn't able to be with him. Its a book of fairytales describing the adventures of a father (who used to be a storyteller) and his son. There is a lot of impression from other books such as 1001 Arabian Nights, and other writers' and books' are also hinted in the story. The fun level is not so high but it is still an entertaining activity to read this book together with children.

  • Ravi Gangwani
    2018-08-07 08:42

    "There was a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name. It stood by a mournful sea full of glumfish, which were so miserable to eat that they made people belch with melancholy even though the skies were blue... In the north of the sad city stood mighty factories in which sadness was actually manufactured, packaged, and sent all over the world. Black smoke poured out of the chimneys of the sadness factories and hung over the city like the bad news. "One day when I was ruffling through piles of books that I have, I found this book and read the above mentioned first two paragraphs of this book. The grip of narration was so fitting that I immediately decided to jump into the Sea of the Stories mentioned in the title.Later on my further analysis I found this book Sir Salman Rushdie dedicated to his son, Zafar. And it all slithers into the world of Kahaani land. What I liked in the book was names given to the characters and places in the book: In the land of Kahaani, there was war between Gupwalah and Chupwalah in which the princess Baat-cheat was captivated by Khattam-Shudd ... And then concluded the battalion from Gupwalah - Prince Bolo, General Kitab, Blabbermouth etc. the army went to fight with Bezuban, and Chupwalah and their shadows, all living in the land of darkness, conspiring to pollute the sea where the sources of stories reside ... Meanwhile there is another parallel story of Haroun and his father Rashid steps on the door about how they emerged as champion in helping to conciliate the differences and to finally unite them.Don't read it for story as it was very obvious, but read it with the heart of a child then only you will understand the underlying roots.

  • elissa
    2018-08-13 08:33

    This was recommended to me by Laurice as a children's novel--we both love kids' books--so I went into it expecting a children's book, albeit, a children's book as Salman Rushdie might approach children. As a 6th grade teacher, my first thoughts were that it would be too difficult to teach to my class (I prefer the teacher lens to the previous MFA creative writing student lens, but ultimately the best is when the lenses recede because I'm too far into the world of the book, which quickly happened), but my next thought was that this is an ageless (as in any age could read it) myth set so firmly in the 20th/21st c., with super computers and machine animals and evil people considering themselves significant enough to disrupt the planet on which they live--I kept expecting our friendly mechanical animals to be revealed as actually living, but they weren't, which in the end is perfect and more complex, and more of the moment of the book. However, the evil people do get theirs.A great children's book on the level of The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland, and the Brothers Grimm, full of story and character and metaphor in layers so that anybody can pull something out of it, and every time you read it again there will be another something.

  • Kevin Ansbro
    2018-07-18 08:34

    A fantastically preposterous carpet ride with magicians, genies and goblins. An oceanic library of stories aimed primarily at children, but also likely to please adults who haven't yet succumbed to cynicism and whose imaginations haven't yet withered on life's vine. Riotous, hugely imaginative and funny to its core. Those of you who have young children, read this out loud to them at bedtime, for you will get just as much fun out of it as they will!

  • Gautam
    2018-08-06 00:34

    Would have loved it 10 years earlier.

  • Alli
    2018-08-07 06:43

    i hate this book!!!!!!!!!!! it's so bad- what with its unneccasary capitalization, cheesy, overdramatic-ness, and just plain being weird. ugh, so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hana
    2018-08-15 04:22

    Oh dear. Got to the halfway mark and I'm giving up. I love reading children's books but this one was just too cutesy-wootsey for my taste and I'm puzzled to know who might actually like it. All the characters have annoying names like the Shah of Blah and Snooty Butoo. That might be fine in a ten page picture book but it got wearing in a story that goes on and on for over 200 pages with NO pictures and a horribly convoluted plot. And then there was the negativity and even cynicism that shot through the story--with mothers abandoning their families and children saying just the wrong thing so that their fathers lose their storytelling ability. Ugh! How to give a kid a guilt and anxiety trip. Maybe there was a deep message in there somewhere, but I have too many great books in the TBR pile to waste my time on this. So far, I'm batting 0 for 2 with Salman Rushdie--I couldn't finish The Satanic Verses, either. He's probably just not my cup of tea. Content rating: PG for some odd negative messages that I couldn't decode. Parents read it yourself before you read it to your children.

  • AnaVlădescu
    2018-07-30 01:19

    about halway through the book, i realised it reminded me of something. but i couldn't put my finger on it. a very annoying feeling, it really is, to feel like you've read something that sorta kinda maybe looks like the thing you're eating throgh right now. not to worry, i realised what it reminded me of. Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. yep. Salman Rushdie's writing reminded me of a radio show turned book. is it bad? not really, no. it didn't remind me of easy, uncomplicated literature, which Adams writes, but it matched in absurdness.now i know, people who read the series and liked it will say - no!, no no, it's not like that a bit. i'm tepmted to agree, on a larger scale. it's SF, it's extremelly funny and innuendo-ish and easy to engage in.and this is a children's book i'm comparing it to, so this comparison shouldn't even exist. but, in my humble opinion, it exists. there's the "absurd" feeling of the characters, the story, the setting, the explanations and even the writing itself is shady, on some level. this comparison only works one way, though. you can find Adams in Rushdie, but not that much Rushdie in Adams. Haroun is meant to teach you something about stories, about their importance, about how living without them is a curse and it should never befall upon us. the Guide is funny and lets you see how incredibly stupid humanity is and what a scam civilization is. i read this because my History teacher asked me if it resembles a fantasy book or if it could somehow enter under the fantasy umbrella. it does have fantasy elements, but i don't see this going under that roof. it's not that it doesn't deserve it, it's just that it doesn't bring a certain style along with it. it's a children's book, and it's meant to be educational and entertaining on the simplest level, while still leaving space for a second read, where you can find other povs than you did before. fantasy is too big a name for something like this, and it's this opinion that i stand behind of.

  • Arun Divakar
    2018-07-25 08:44

    How much have you seen,eh, Thieflet ? Africa, have you seen it ? No ? Then is it truly there ? And submarines ? Huh ? Also hailstones,baseballs,pagodas ? Goldmines ? Kangaroos, Mount Fujiyama, the North Pole ? And the past, did it happen ? And the future, will it come ? Believe in your own eyes and you'll get into a lot of trouble, hot water, a mess .Sixty three pages into the book and this was the monologue that completely caught my interest. My first Salman Rushdie book and it was a delightfully written fable. Very much a read-it-aloud book with ingredients that are well cooked and even better well served ! Rushdie creates a good fantasy world, one which is very simple and has its own logic. Logic that pertains to the polar opposites of silence & noise. I liked that specific angle by which Rushdie looked at his alternate world. One where stories flow and noise rules the roost, silence steps in as the antagonist to well... silence the clamor. The characters are not ones that really leap out of the pages to grab your attention, that aspect is left to the world. The world in question took hold of my shirt front and hurled me headlong intoKahani . The author is a shrewd one, knowing the importance Kathakali, the folk dance form of Kerala has with story telling without the lead player opening his mouth, he has used it subtly in the tale. Mr. Rushdie hats off for that ! Oh and also for the lovely names of your characters & places too !

  • Rach
    2018-07-27 03:15

    Enchanting, delightful, full of fun and intrigue. Haroun is a boy who finds his way to Kahani and the Ocean of the Streams of Story, where all of the world's stories comes from. There he not only saves the Ocean and all the stories, but his father, mother, town, and self from sadness. There were so many wonderful parts to this book: the P2C2E (aren't many things that way?), Mr. Butt and Iff, the blending and renewal of stories in the ocean. It is a fascinating narrative, full of a sort-of-dream, of the Alice-in-Wonderland did it or didn't it happen variety. I felt like this was quite similar to Alice in many ways, except the writing was more engaging and the characters more sympathetic and relatable. I enjoyed this much more than Alice, and am so happy to have read it.As far as the Lost connection goes, Desmond is reading this on the plane during the first flash-sideways of the current season premiere. It's interesting to think of Haroun in relation to Desmond's storyline throughout this last season, specifically once he has seen through to the island-timeline of the story, and seems intent of "fixing" things and bringing people together. I can't wait to see what other similarities come up as the season ends.If you're looking for more info on this novel and it's relation to Lost, check out this article by Jeff Jensen at Entertainment Weekly. It's really interesting!

  • Megan Baxter
    2018-08-04 02:36

    In my typical way of not always respecting the order in which things were written, I read the follow-up book to Haroun and the Sea of Stories last year, and it came in as my second-favourite book of the year. Luka and the Fire of Life was one of those books that found a spot in my brain and nestled in like it had always belonged there.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  • Zoe
    2018-08-08 08:18

    Haroun and the Sea of Stories reminded me very much of The Phantom Tollbooth, especially, of course, in its use of allegory.I thought this would make a good reading assignment for a middle schooler. I can't say it affected me any which way at age 42 except that I was not immune to the horribly depressing image of the sea of stories being choked by poisons. I guess I also thought it was interesting that the son's pronouncement on the father's stories could have such a profound effect.Salman Rushdie, Umberto Ecco, Milan Kundera - for right or wrong, I always lump these three literary dignitaries together, perhaps just because they all shared life and fame in the same decades and share a similar (European) sensibility.

  • Kristijan
    2018-08-06 01:38

    Upakovano u jednu razigranu i živopisnu bajku, Salman Ruždi nam pre svega govori o ljudskoj potrebi za pričama (hoću reći književnosti), koje daju čar ljudskom životu. Osim toga, ova bajka ne bi bila bajka da ne sadrži i večitu borbu dobra i zla - borbu protiv svega onoga što ljude koči i sprečava da budu srećni i zadovoljni. A tu su i moralne pouke o važnostima zajedništva, prijateljstva, ljubavi i porodice, začinjene simpatičnim gegovima i interesantnim i živopisnim likovima.Harun i More priča je još jedan razlog više zašto volim prozu Salmana Ruždija. Njegov večiti flert sa mitom i magijom, kolorit u pejzažima i likovima kao i zvuci, mirisi, boje i ukusi koji dominiraju njegovim knjigama jednostavno potvrđuju da je čitanje svake njegove knjige poput zaranjanja u More priča...

  • Sharyl
    2018-08-08 07:28

    What a delightful story! There are many blurbs on the back and front of this book, and I agree with all of them: it is Swiftian, it is written on more than one level (fable, fantasy, allegory), and it is wonderfully inventive. Haroun and the Sea of Stories can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.This book was written after Satanic Verses, and is very much about the freedom of speech and the right to be creative. *take a look at the very back of the book, where the author explains the names of the places and characters, which are derived from Hindustani words. It's not essential to understanding the story, but it's very interesting:)

  • Karl
    2018-07-30 06:44

    Salman Rushdie is such a show-off. A lot of aspiring writers would save heaps of money on writing classes, if they just read this short novel and asked themselves the question: Can I write something as seamless and perfect as Haroun And The Sea Of Stories? If not, don't bother.

  • Paula
    2018-07-17 08:40

    Such a wonderful and funny story! And Butt the Hoopooe is <3

  • Shriya
    2018-08-13 00:31

    A fair warning: everybody might not like this succinct story full of references to the need as well as pointlessness of censorship and allegory for several problems existing in society today, especially in India and the Indian subcontinent. Yes, the novel contains an allegory of the fight between the imagination, the forces of freedom, and the forces of obscurantism. But then, much like 'Le Petit Prince', all these subtle hints are well-hidden to the eye inexperienced to the genre of Magical Realism. To readers in search of a casual read and unfamiliar with the fatwa of February 14, 1989, it may seem 'a pathetic attempt' of Sir Rushdie at Children's Literature. But this book was much more than a silly story written by an author to please his kid!Not only is 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' a powerful parable full of deeper meanings; in my eyes, it is also a wonderful successor of Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz', Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings', and Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' as well as the forerunner of our very own Mr. Harry Potter. (Don't believe me? Well, the Hoopoe and Buckbeak, the Chupwalas and the Dementors all seem like cater-cousins to me!)But the best part of the book? Well, here it is: it shows that Rushdie still has pots and lots of stories to release in the Ocean of Tales which no Ayatollah can censor,not even with a thousand fatwas. Rather than retreating under the death threats, that he received after the much popular fatwa, Rushdie reiterates the importance of literature and celebrates the triumph of storytelling and imagination over raw power and dogmatism. It is this thought that makes 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' a book worthy of five stars even if it's not 'the best Rushdie's given his fans'(which is a statement I don't agree with)!

  • Tony
    2018-08-03 06:42

    This is a book for anyone who has ever said, "Daddy, tell me a story." Or for any father who has heard that plea. And that's what this book really is, a yarn, a make-it-up-as-you-go fairy tale, that Rushdie actually wrote at the behest of his young son. Of course, like The Wizard of Oz, it is also so much more.The clues are in the names. In fact, we are told early on: All names mean something. Hmmm. What was that Valley of K called once upon a time? Was it Kosh-Mar? Kache-Mer? And the slimy politician, so cleverly called Snooty Buttoo. Princes can get like that. But don't worry. We don't really let them do anything important around here.There are not just political references, but cultural ones. The Shadow Warrior gurgles Gogogol and Kafkafka. The young boy in the story is helped by the Eggheads. Or was it the Walrus? As always, Rushdie's marvelous word-play is on full display. A figure of speech is a slippery thing; it can be twisted or it can be straight. GOO GOO GOO JOOB!

  • Gretel
    2018-07-29 07:34

    This book is about a boy named Haroun Kalifa, who lives with his father and mother in "The sad city." A city so sad that it forgot its name. His father Rashid Kalifa was a storyteller. The famous "ocean of notions." The poeple of the city loved to hear his stories, of the many heros who would rescue the princess from danger, and no story was alike. One day Mr. Oneeta , who was their neighboor, a grumpy, gloomy, and bored neighbor who always had something negative to say, decided he was fed up with the cheery aroma of the Kalifa's, especially with Rashid the storyteller, they always were so happy and he didn't like that. "whats the point of stories, if they aren't even real?" he said to himself. Haroun came home one day very angry, his father tried to call him down and Haroun said "Whats the point of stories if they aren't even real?" little did he know that as these words spilled from his mouth that he would embark on a journey he would never forget. i <3 this book because its not your regular fairytale, or novel its different from all the books i've ever read and it has a powerful message. (: